When you are considering building or remodeling, you start designing your kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms in your head. When thinking about the staircase in your home, we start with how do I want the staircase to look and what materials to showcase. Did you ever think your first step should be the actual shape of the staircase? A staircase is an integral part of a home and can make a “wow” statement. Did you know there are different types of staircases and each has its purpose? Staircases come in all shapes. Staircase sizes can be both functional and pleasing to the eye.
To see which staircase is right for your space, let’s start at the beginning and take a look at the different types to choose from.
- Straight Stairs: This type of staircase is the most used and popular because of its convenience, functionality, and cost-effectiveness. The straight-line design means there is no need for additional support structures and only needs to be attached at the bottom and top of the stairs. They are usually the easiest to build with easy installation of railings and handrails. The straight staircase does take up a greater amount of space because of its linear design.
- L-Shaped Stairs: This type of staircase is similar to a straight staircase but with an added turn. The turn is usually 90-degrees either in the middle or close to the top or bottom of the stairs. These staircases require support because of the turn and landing. L-shaped stairs can add privacy by providing a visual barrier between floors. They can be in the corner of a room to save on space. Handrails will require more skill and planning to construct for L-shaped stairs.
- U-Shaped Stairs: This type of staircase is two parallel straight staircases that have a 180-degree turn. These staircases are visually more appealing than straight staircases and take up less linear floor space. The U-shape is similar to the L-shape because it can be located in a corner.
- Winder Stairs: This type of staircase is similar to an L-shaped staircase without the landing. The stairs are continuous with a triangular-shape step rounding the corner. The winder stair requires less space and is often used as a secondary staircase. A center support structure is usually required.
- Spiral Stairs: This type of staircase is a compact circular structure centered around a pole. Spiral staircases can make a major statement to your space by the different railing options to choose from. They are relatively easy to install because of the center pole design but can be difficult to navigate the narrow space.
- Curved Stairs: This type of staircase is used to make a statement and is usually traditional in design. Unlike the spiral staircase, the curved stair is a gentle curve with a wide space to maneuver easily up and down. Curved stairs are the most difficult to build but visually make the most impact.
Whether you know exactly what you want or need a little design help, the award-winning design team at Southern Staircase/Artistic Stairs is ready to sit with you to discuss the goals you have for your space. Southern Staircase/Artistic Stairs provides comprehensive assistance throughout the entire stair construction process. Call Southern Staircase/Artistic Stairs today and take your stairs to the next level.
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